What Is the Best Dog Food for a Poodle?
The term Poodle actually refers to at least three different sized breeds; the Standard, Miniature and Toy Poodle. Poodles are thought to have originally come from Germany before being standardized by the French several centuries ago. Standard Poodles were used as working gun dogs or water retrievers. Miniature Poodles were bred for truffle hunting, and Toy Poodles became favorite lapdogs for middle and upper class ladies in the France and the UK in the Victorian and Georgian eras.
Poodles are known for their distinctive curly coats and good temperaments. They make great family pets, although they do need a lot of exercise. They are different to most dogs in that they have a single layer coat without an undercoat. They are commonly considered hypoallergenic because they don’t shed their fur in the same way as most other breeds. Instead their fur can become matted, so Poodles need to be regularly groomed and clipped every 6-8 weeks. Poodle owners are renowned for getting their pets clipped in elaborate styles!
In recent years it has become popular to cross Poodles with other breeds to create so-called designer puppies, which are hybrids such as Cockapoos, Labradoodles and Schnoodles, which are not officially recognized as dog breeds.
The best dog food for a Poodle depends to a certain degree on an individual dog’s taste preferences – Poodles can be picky eaters – as well as any health issues they may have, particularly with older dogs. The best diet might be a dry or wet dog food, or a mix of a canned recipe with kibble, it really depends on an individual dog. However, all dogs have certain nutritional requirements that need to be met in order to maintain good health, in particular a need for quality protein and fat.
The top dog food recipes are those made from high quality ingredients like whole meat protein or organ meats, real vegetables and fruits, without cheap animal by-products and fillers that offer less nutritional benefits.
Many Poodles suffer with food intolerances and allergies that are often linked to ingredients in their diet. For instance, Poodles might display symptoms of a sensitive stomach and digestive issues such as excess gas, bloating, vomiting or diarrhea. Dogs with skin allergies may have itchy skin and scratch a lot. Some cheap dog food contains fillers such as corn or wheat, which don’t have a high nutritional value and can trigger unpleasant reactions in some dogs. For this reason many owners believe grain free recipes are the healthiest choice for their pet.
In addition to grain free varieties, some brands also offer other limited ingredient dog food that is free from not only grain but also other potential allergens that may cause adverse reactions in some pets, such as soy, dairy and artificial additives. Low fat or High protein and very low carbohydrate dog food are other options for owners to consider.
Every dog is different and owners may need to experiment with different brands to find a recipe that their Poodle enjoys and thrives on.